Preserving Food for Survival Without Freezing or Canning?

How in the world would we get along if we didn’t have our freezers or even a way to can what comes out of the garden? How did they do things in times past? I’ve found out about a fascinating book called Preserving Food Without Freezing or Canning, by the Gardeners and Farmers of Centre Terre Vivante. They’re from France, in case you hadn’t guessed by that name. There are forewords by Deborah Madison and Eliot Coleman.

The full title of the book is Preserving Food Without Freezing or Canning: Traditional Techniques Using Salt, Oil, Sugar, Alcohol, Vinegar, Drying, Cold Storage, and Lactic Fermentation. What a mouthful, but it does give you some clues as to what you’ll find in this 208 page paperback book.

Here’s an overview.


“Typical books about preserving garden produce nearly always assume that modern “kitchen gardeners” will boil or freeze their vegetables and fruits. Yet here is a book that goes back to the future—celebrating traditional but little-known French techniques for storing and preserving edibles in ways that maximize flavor and nutrition. Translated into English, and with a new foreword by Deborah Madison, this book deliberately ignores freezing and high-temperature canning in favor of methods that are superior because they are less costly and more energy-efficient.

“As Eliot Coleman says in his foreword to the first edition, ‘Food preservation techniques can be divided into two categories: the modern scientific methods that remove the life from food, and the natural ‘poetic’ methods that maintain or enhance the life in food. The poetic techniques produce…foods that have been celebrated for centuries and are considered gourmet delights today.’

Preserving Food Without Freezing or Canning offers more than 250 easy and enjoyable recipes featuring locally grown and minimally refined ingredients. It is an essential guide for those who seek healthy food for a healthy world.”


If you’re as intrigued by that as I am, and you want to make sure you have good food in your survival pantry, then click on the linked book title where you see it in this post, and place your order on the page where Preserving Food Without Freezing or Canning is featured. While you’re thinking about it, why not get a couple more copies as gifts for family or friends?


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.

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